Become a child advocate today. San Diego’s abused and neglected children need you. There are over 7,500 children in foster care waiting for help. Volunteer! Serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). You will be glad you did. Volunteers lend support to the children, research a case, gather information, and make recommendations to the court. Educational surrogates are also needed. Our next information session is Tuesday, Sept. 9. For more information, please call Voices for Children at 569-2019 or visit [www.voices4children.com].

Plan Scripps Ranch! There are two planning groups in Scripps Ranch–the Scripps Ranch Planning Group and the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee. These groups are responsible for advising the city on all land-use decisions in and around Scripps Ranch. To become a member, contact Bill Bernard at 549-0979 or Bob Ilko at 586-1235.

Interested in law enforcement? Learn what it takes to be a police officer by volunteering as a San Diego Police Cadet. As a Cadet you will receive training in narcotics, CPR, first aid, self-defense, traffic control, report writing, criminal law, and ethics. Cadets may also go on ride-alongs and field trips, provide security and traffic control, go under cover, and much more! To join, you must be 16-20 years old, a high school graduate, or, if still in school, have a 2.0 GPA. For more information, call 619-531-2934.

The San Diego Police Department is seeking applicants for the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP). You must be 50 years of age or older and have a driver’s license. Members are given classroom instruction, field training, and are outfitted with a uniform. Members patrol about three times a month in our area with another member, and help with various duties, including vacation checks. If you would like more information, please call Dale Iwig at 538-8120.

Will you help the SRCA help Scripps Ranch? The Scripps Ranch Civic Association has an office, a computer, and information about Scripps Ranch. But we need you! We need volunteers to work in the Information Center a couple of hours a week. You can pass out brochures, talk with people who come in, and direct people to our website. Please call Kathy Allman at 695-6916.

The Scripps Ranch Library needs you! Volunteers are needed to staff the library’s computer lab. The job involves overseeing the lab and helping lab users if they need assistance. Shifts are normally 2 1/2 hours. There are open slots on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Contact Sue Fox at 538-8158.

How about a new challenge that’s exciting and interesting, one where your help will be very much appreciated? Volunteers are needed for short 2 1/2-hour shifts working in Book Nook, the used bookstore at the Scripps Ranch Library. Duties involve selling used books and magazines, T-shirts, and other items. Please call Grace Roos at 566-8887.

 

Landscape your neighborhood! The Scripps Ranch Landscape Maintenance Assessment District (SRMAD) needs residents who have an eye for improving their area. You raise the issue and help define the desired result. The SRMAD committee can make it happen. Call Bob Dingeman at 566-6083 to improve your neighborhood.

Volunteer for Lunch. We are seeking volunteers to staff the Information Center during the hours it is closed for lunch–Monday through Thursday, 1-2:30 pm. Volunteers will answer phones and assist residents by providing information on the operations of the center, city resources, and community resources such as the SRCA. If you are interested, please call Clay Bingham, center manager, at 538-8210.

 

Are you a senior citizen in search of a mission? The SRCA Events Committee needs volunteers to help coordinate the larger communitywide meetings. We need help setting up meeting rooms, providing refreshments, and directing traffic. Senior citizens who are available during the day would be ideal. If you are interested, please call 578-0430.

Do you love theatre? Scripps Ranch Theatre is seeking dedicated volunteers to help with lighting, design, set construction, and more. If you have a few hours, we guarantee you will work hard and have fun. Please call 578-7728 to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Scripps Ranch Theatre.

Do you like to get out in the community? Have a few hours to fill? If the answer is yes, the I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce needs you to visit and welcome local businesses to the chamber. For more information, please call 484-2800.

Welcome an exchange student into your family. Each year more than 3,000 Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange Students from over 50 countries arrive in the United States to experience life with an American family. It is a wonderful educational opportunity for the entire family. To learn more, please contact us at 1-800-TEENAGE or [www.YouthForUnderstanding.org]. Or, you can call Tyler at 578-4943.

Be a part of the San Diego Police Department. Volunteers will be trained in report writing and criminal investigations. This innovative program is called Volunteers in Policing (VIP) and is open to individuals 18 years of age or older. VIPs work an average of four hours each week. You will find the activities rewarding and will help stretch taxpayer dollars, especially during this time of city budget cuts. If you would like more information, please call 538-8051.

Looking for a rewarding experience? At Braille Institute children and adults who are blind or visually impaired learn the skills necessary to live in a sighted world. You can help. By volunteering for as little as one hour a week, you can assist students in a wide variety of ways. To volunteer, please call 452-1111.

Meals-on-Wheels needs drivers with autos and riders to deliver meals to home-bound elderly in Scripps Ranch. It is a small time commitment–two hours, from approximately 11 am to 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, each week, biweekly, or monthly. If you can help, please call 295-9501.

READ/San Diego offers training and opportunities for volunteers interested in tutoring adults in reading. To find out more, call 527-5475.

Kids on the Block of San Diego offers an opportunity to its volunteers to play, have fun, and travel as a puppeteer. You will receive 4-6 weeks of free training, be available two to four hours weekly during the school year, and travel in San Diego County as you educate elementary school children. Bilingual encouraged. Men needed! Please call 435-5349.

I Love a Clean San Diego County (ILACSDC) is always in need of volunteers to assist with the recycling hotline. Basic phone skills, enthusiasm, and an interest in the environment are the only requirements needed. All times and days are available, and ILACSDC is flexible with shifts. If you are interested, call 467-0103 to register for a Saturday volunteer orientation.

Would you like to make a difference in a child’s life? You can, by opening your heart and home to a child that needs your unconditional love. Olive Crest Foster Family and Adoption Agency will equip you with excellent training, support you with professional staff, and provide you with monthly financial reimbursement. Working couples, singles, and retirees qualify. If you would like a no-obligation information packet mailed to you, please call Tina at 1-800-74-FOSTER.

 

Hospice needs you more than ever! Caring, compassionate volunteers are sought to help with terminally ill patients. For further information on our next 44-hour training course, please call the Grossmont Hospice volunteer coordinator at 667-1900.

 

If you don’t have time to volunteer, you can still help your community by joining the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. Annual membership is only $20, and funds are distributed to many organizations, schools, and other groups throughout Scripps Ranch. It is an easy way to make a difference in your community. Please send your membership to: SRCA Membership, 10845 Loire Avenue, San Diego, CA 92131.

Give the Gift of Reading — OASIS (Older Adult Service and Information System) and the San Diego City School District needs adults to give one hour a week to work one-on-one with a child in a nationally acclaimed reading program. No teaching experience is necessary– all you need is a caring attitude. Tutors receive free training and materials. If you would like more information about this special volunteer opportunity, please call 531-1131.

Are you a teenager looking for a way to make a difference? For information on the Learn and Serve Youth Advisory Council, please call the United Way Volunteer Center at 636-4137.

Mother’s milk bank in San Jose, California, is looking for mother’s with a good heart. They are in desperate need of breast milk to give to very sick and premature infants. By donating, you would be helping those babies in need. To donate, please call the mother’s milk bank at 408-998-4550.

The Hemophilia Association of San Diego County is seeking volunteers for a variety of tasks. Volunteer time commitments can be for as few as three hours per year. We need help in the office, distributing monthly food packages, players and helpers at our golf and bowling tournaments, finance committee members, youth leaders, and much more. All ages are welcome. Please call our office at 619-325-3570 or resident Judy Faitek at 566-6971 for more information.

Caring, loving, homes are needed for children growing up in long-term foster care. Do you believe every child should have a family? If so, then there may be a foster child who needs you. Excellent training, on-going support, respite services, and monthly reimbursements are provided. For further information, call Lisa or Pamela at the Casey Family ProRolling Readers, USA needs volunteers to read aloud to children at schools and community organizations. Becoming a volunteer requires no intensive training or special education. All that is required is a love of kids and an hour a week. To find out more, please call 800-390-READ or Sandy Cather at 536-1307.

Voices for children needs volunteers for its child advocacy program. Volunteers are trained to be advocates for abused or neglected children in the juvenile court dependency system. Our volunteers develop relationships with children in need of a helping hand, attend court hearings, write court reports, and monitor case progress. If you would like more information about this rewarding program, please call Scripps Ranch resident Carol Johnson at 271-1313, or the Voices for Children office at 569-2019.

Do you have a love of nature and a desire to share it with children? Consider joining the Docent training class at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Docents are given six months of weekly classes and training in conducting tours of our museum. Docent graduates take students on museum tours. This is an exciting time to be associated with the museum. Call 232-3821, extension 203, to volunteer, or visit our website at [www.sdnhm.org].

Want to foster global understanding? You can join any of San Diego’s 14 Sister City programs which build bridges between San Diego and cities in Spain, Brazil, The Philippines, Scotland, Korea, Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, Ghana, Russia, Poland, China, and Japan. Activities range from local celebrations of cultures to international travel with other "citizen diplomats." Please call 619-231-6237.

 

 

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